Displaced Kunduz families to be assisted: Barmak
KABUL (Pajhwok): The government chief executive branch-led Emergency Response Committee (ERC) on Friday said it had decided to dispatch essential relief supplies for families displaced by the conflict in northern Kunduz province and collect the remains of those killed in Kunduz City after reaching an understanding with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
Rural Rehabilitation Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak, also the ERC chief, told reporters in Kabul that relief supplies so far provided by local and foreign agencies had not reached the displaced families in an organised way and still many families needed assistance.
The Taliban captured Kunduz City about two weeks ago and ruled it for three days before they were driven from the strategic city in a counter-offensive by Afghan security forces. However, the rebels remain in control of some parts of the city despite 12 days of fierce fighting.
Barmak said about 12,000 families had fled Kunduz to other provinces including Takhar, Baghlan, Samangan, Balkh, Badakhshan, Parwan, Kapisa and Kabul due to security threats.
He said Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah chaired an extra-ordinary meeting of ERC officials and it was decided that the assistance should reach the displaced families in a judicious way.
“The extra-ordinary meeting decided that the displaced families should be assisted in a careful manner and the remains of those killed in Kunduz city should be collected after an understanding with ICRC,” the minister said.
He said dead bodies could be seen lying on the ground in Kunduz City following 12 days of clashes.
Barmak said the meeting chaired by Abdullah had also decided to investigate losses caused by the conflict in Kunduz City and assist those affected after a relative calm returns to the city.
“The meeting also decided that after peace is restored in Kunduz City, the ERC should initiate its assistance to restart reconstruction and administrative affairs after its investigation.”
He said Abdullah had asked at the start of the meeting that local and foreign aid agencies should start assisting the displaced families and continue their assistance.
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